Newsflash: Friday, 14 January 2022

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NEWSFLASH: Friday, 14 January 2022

 

RESOURCES

1. AFM of SA: National Calendar 2022
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/

2. Prayer & Fasting – January 2022 (New!)
https://youtu.be/RAfncm_j30w

3. NOB Inauguration Photo Album: Highlights
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1586119138392238&type=3

1. A MONTH OF PRAYER & FASTING

January is our month for Prayer and Fasting. I want to encourage you to set time apart as an individual and as an assembly or small group to really focus on prayer and fasting. Through prayer, we can share our hearts with God and through fasting, we can regain spiritual focus and hear God’s voice. As believers, we are changed by praying and fasting – focussing less on the world around us and more on God in us and with us.

Join me as we look at various scriptures about prayer and fasting in Matthew, Jeremiah, 2 Samuel and 2 Chronicles. Let us be quiet, pray and study God’s Word. Let us allow God’s power to work in us. May every one of us experience spiritual renewal and refreshment as we enter a month of Prayer and Fasting.

2. 2022 ACADEMIC YEAR: ENCOURAGEMENT AND HOPE

Although many learners and students would probably rather continue to enjoy their vacation, the new academic year is starting and comes with new challenges and exciting opportunities. The last few years have been challenging due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the lack of resources for many, as well as the absence of access to and availability of enough job opportunities. However, it is important that we encourage our children and students to do their best in making use of the opportunities available.

There are two Bible verses that I think parents and grandparents can share with their children and grandchildren at the beginning of (and throughout) the 2022 academic year:

Joshua 1:9 (New Living Translation): “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Ensure the learners and students in your household with this promise in God’s Word that He will be wíth them – wherever they go and whatever they have to face this year. Many learners, especially those going to school for the first time and those moving from primary to secondary school, as well as students enrolling in tertiary institutions, are anxious and feel insecure in the new environment that they must confront and navigate. This also applies to those for whom the previous academic year did not result in attaining the grades that were expected.

Parents should not ridicule or downplay this but rather encourage them to be strong and courageous. A positive and brave attitude is very powerful in facing the challenges of the new year.  It is even more potent if it is based on the foundation of knowing and believing that God will never forsake you but will be with you all the way.

Secondly, 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 (New Living Translation) gives some guidance as to the best attitude and approach a learner and student can have to the new academic year: “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

I can confirm from experience, the transformative and supportive power of a thankful, praying, and joyful attitude – instilled and continuously nurtured in the life of learners and students by the example and mentorship of parents and grandparents. We can teach our children and young people to be authentically joyful, despite circumstances – to find something to be thankful for in all situations and to learn to pray about everything and to trust God for the outcome, whilst they are doing the best that they can from their side.

Encourage the learners and students in your household to shine in this academic year like the stars that they are and ensure them of your support and prayers. My prayer is that all our children and young people will experience God’s enabling Presence and Guidance in 2022.

 

3.    BACK TO SCHOOL MESSAGE: AFM OF SA NCM DIRECTOR

Yesterday we shared a special message from Past. Sam Tshabalala, the Director of the National Children’s Ministry (NCM) on The AFM of SA social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram & the MyAFM APP).

To download this message in PDF format, kindly click on the link below:

Back to School Message from NCM

4. MIL (Ministry Integrated Learning): NOTICE

The MIL workshops for 2022 commence shortly. The relevant dates and locations are as follow: Bellville (17-19 January), Pretoria (24-26 January) and Amanzimtoti (31 January – 2 February).

We are looking forward to welcoming the new group of MIL participants, one of the largest we’ve had in the last few years! Mentors of the MIL participants are encouraged to accompany their charges! First–time mentors are our guests, meaning they do not have to pay the workshop Registration Fee and they receive 10 PCD credits as well.

In the light of the relaxation of Covid-restrictions, all Pastors are again welcome to attend these workshops throughout the year for PCD purposes – although Covid-protocols will still be observed.

For any enquiries, feel free to contact the MIL Coordinator:
Dr Christo van den Berg
[email protected]
082 086 6269

Kind Regards
Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 14 Januarie 2022

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Nuusflits: Vrydag, 14 Januarie 2022

 

HULPBRONNE

1. AGS van SA: Nasionale Kalender 2022
https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/

2. Vas & Gebed – Januarie 2022 (Nuut!)
https://youtu.be/RAfncm_j30w

3. NOB Inhuldiging Foto Album: Hoogtepunte
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1586119138392238&type=3

AGS Kollega,

1. ‘N MAAND VAN VAS EN GEBED

Januarie is ons maand in die AGS vir vas en gebed. Ek wil jou aanmoedig om tyd af te sonder om werklik hierop te fokus – as individu en ook as ‘n Gemeente of kleingroep. Deur gebed kan ons ons harte met God deel en deur te vas, kan ons ons geestelike fokus herwin en God se stem hoor. As gelowiges word ons verander deur hierdie proses – ons fokus minder op die wêreld om ons en meer op God in ons en saam met ons.

Kyk saam met my na verskeie skrifte oor gebed en vas in Matteus, Jeremia, 2 Samuel en 2 Kronieke. Laat ons stil wees, bid en God se Woord bestudeer. Laat toe dat God se krag in jou werk. Mag elkeen van ons geestelike vernuwing en verkwikking ervaar soos ons onsself afsonder in hierdie maand van vas en gebed.

2. 2022 AKADEMIESE JAAR: BEMOEDIGING EN HOOP

Alhoewel baie leerders en studente waarskynlik eerder sal wil voortgaan om hul vakansie te geniet, begin die nuwe akademiese jaar alreeds en bring dit nuwe uitdagings en opwindende geleenthede. Die laaste paar jaar was uitdagend weens die Covid-19-pandemie, die gebrek aan hulpbronne vir baie – asook  die afwesigheid van toegang tot en beskikbaarheid van genoeg werksgeleenthede. Dit is egter belangrik dat ons ons kinders en studente sal aanmoedig om hul bes te gee en om gebruik te maak van die beskikbare geleenthede.

Daar is twee Bybelverse wat ek dink ouers en grootouers aan die begin van (en regdeur) die 2022 akademiese jaar met hul kinders en kleinkinders kan deel:

Josua 1:9 (Nuwe Lewende Vertaling): “Wees sterk en dapper. Moenie bang of huiwerig wees nie. Die Here jou God is saam met jou oral waar jy gaan.”

Bemoedig die leerders en studente in jou huishouding met hierdie belofte in God se Woord, dat Hy by hulle sal wees – waar hulle ook al gaan en wat hulle ook al vanjaar moet  trotseer. Baie leerders, veral dié wat vir die eerste keer skool toe gaan en dié wat van laerskool na hoërskool skuif, asook studente wat by ‘n tersiêre inrigting inskryf, is angstig en voel onseker in die nuwe omgewing wat hulle moet konfronteer en navigeer. Dit geld ook vir diegene vir wie die vorige akademiese jaar nie die uitslae besorg het wat verwag was nie.

Ouers moenie hierdie ervaring ignoreer of ‘n bespotting daarvan maak nie, maar hulle eerder aanmoedig om sterk en vol selfvertroue te wees. ‘n Positiewe en dapper houding is baie kragtig om die uitdagings van die nuwe jaar in die gesig te staar. Dit is selfs nog sterker as dit gebaseer is op die wete en geloof dat God jou nooit sal verlaat nie, maar al die pad saam met jou is.

Tweedens, 1 Tessalonisense 5: 16-18  (Nuwe Lewende Vertaling) gee leiding oor die beste gesindheid en benadering wat ‘n leerder en student ten opsigte van die nuwe akademiese jaar kan hê: “Wees altyd vol blydskap. Moenie ophou bid nie. Wees in alle omstandighede dankbaar, want dit is wat God van julle verwag omdat julle met Jesus Christus verenig is”

Ek kan uit ervaring die transformerende en ondersteunende krag van ‘n dankbare, biddende en vreugdevolle houding in die lewe van leerders en studente bevestig. Veral waar dit ingeskerp en voortdurend gekweek word deur die voorbeeld en mentorskap van ouers en grootouers. Ons kan ons kinders en jongmense leer om eg vreugdevol te wees – ten spyte van omstandighede – om iets te vind om oor dankbaar te wees in alle situasies en om te leer om oor alles te bid en God te vertrou vir die uitkoms, terwyl hulle van hulle kant af die beste moontlik doen.

Moedig die leerders en studente in jou huishouding aan om in hierdie akademiese jaar te skyn soos die sterre wat hulle is. Verseker hulle van jou ondersteuning en gebede. My gebed is dat al ons kinders en jongmense God se bemagtigende Teenwoordigheid en Leiding in 2022 sal ervaar.

3. TERUG SKOOL TOE: ‘N SPESIALE BOODSKAP

Ons het gister ‘n spesiale boodskap vanaf Past. Sam Tshabalala, die Direkteur van die Nasionale Kinderbediening (NCM) gedeel op die AGS se sosiale media-platforms (Facebook, Instagram en die MyAFM-APP).

Om hierdie boodskap in PDF-formaat af te laai, klik gerus op die skakel hieronder:
Back to School Message from NCM

4. MIL (Ministry Integrated Learning): KENNISGEWING

Die 2022 MIL-werkswinkels begin binnekort. Die betrokke datums en waar dit aangebied word is as volg: Bellville (17-19 Januarie), Pretoria (24-26 Januarie) en Amanzimtoti (31 Januarie – 2 Februarie).

Ons sien uit daarna om die nuwe groep MIL-deelnemers te verwelkom, een van die grootste groepe wat ons die afgelope paar jaar het! Mentors word aangemoedig om ook die werkswinkels saam met die MIL-deelnemers by te woon. Eerste keer mentors is ons gaste wat beteken dat hulle nie die werkswinkel Registrasiefooi hoef te betaal nie en hulle ontvang ook 10 PCD-krediete.

Met Covid-beperkings wat verslap is, is alle Pastore weer welkom om hierdie werkswinkels deur die loop van die jaar by te woon vir PCD doeleindes – alhoewel Covid-protokolle steeds nagekom sal word.

Vir enige navrae, kontak gerus die MIL-koördineerder:
Dr Christo van den Berg
[email protected]
082 086 6269

Vriendelike Groete
Henri Weideman

Newsflash: Friday, 10 December 2021

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AFM Newsflash Friday, 10 December 2021

 

RESOURCES

1. AFM of SA: National Calendar 2022

https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/ 

2. Pastoral Letter: 4th Quarter (New!)

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-4th-quarter-2021/

3. NOB Inauguration Photo Album: Highlights (New!)

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1586119138392238&type=3

Dear Colleague,

1. AFM OF SA NATIONAL OFFICE: OPENING AND CLOSING TIME

Please take note that the National Office will close on Friday, 10 December 2021 and open again, on Tuesday, 4 January 2022. The National Office staff had a busy year, especially in preparation and execution of the GBM (General Business Meeting) and I wish them all a good and safe period of rest with their families and loved ones over the holiday time.

If there is something that you urgently need to communicate with the National Office, you can contact the Office Manager:

Desmond Alie on 079 864 3009

Take note of the e-mail addresses of the newly elected National Office Bearers:

Dr Henri Weideman:     [email protected]

Past. Barend Petersen: [email protected]

Past. Selby Khumalo:     [email protected]

Past. Rudi Coertzen:      [email protected]

2. AFM SOCIAL MEDIA: UPCOMING VIDEO MESSAGES

I recorded a few video messages that will be shared on the AFM of SA’s social media platforms as follow during the Holiday Season: A Christmas Message on 25 December 2021, A New Year’s Message on 1 January 2022 and a message regarding our January month of Prayer and Fasting on 4 January 2022.

3. AFM WELFARE WEEKEND: REQUEST FOR FEEDBACK

The AFM Welfare Weekend took place during the last weekend in November and we would like to invite our Assemblies to tell us more about what their members achieved during this weekend. Please send us a short report and photos of your AFM Welfare Weekend activities:

[email protected] OR [email protected]

We are looking forward to sharing how the AFM reached out to older persons in their communities to make a difference. Thank you in advance for your participation in this request.

4. GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE 

South Africa has just completed another 16 days dedicated to the fight against gender-based violence. It sometimes seems to me that too many people only pay lip service to this endeavour and that in the main, abuse and violence against women and children continues to be an unabated blight on our communities. As believers, all of us together, as a church, must (and can) make a difference to this situation. As Pastors and fathers, we must teach on this and make the Biblical position clear: A Husband should love and respect his wife (and other women) and treat her in a way that honours God.

Ephesians 5:25 (NIV): “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” To his instruction to love, Ephesians 5:33 adds “…each one must love his wife, as he loves himsélf.” 1 Peter 3:7 in the Worldwide English Translation, read as follows: “Husbands, also live with your wife the way you know is right. Respect her because she is a woman. She is not as strong as a man. Also respect her because God has given her, as well as you, the blessing of life. In this way, you will not stop God from doing what you ask him to do.”

When it comes to how parents should relate to their children the Bible teaches us that we must show compassion to our children, comfort them and bring them up in the discipline and instruction of God. The way we live must enable them to follow our example, just as we imitate God, our Father:

“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.” Psalm 103:13 (ESV)

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you…” Isaiah 66:13(NIV)

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, by the way you treat them. Rather bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4 (NLT)

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children.” Ephesians 5:1 (NIV)

May all of us be activists against Gender-Based Violence, by practically living a Godly example in our own homes and families, but also by speaking up on this in our circle of friends, in our communities, and at our places of work. We should not be silent or look away when we are aware of ongoing instances of abuse and violence against women and children, but act.  Do not protect abusers, report them! Protect children from exposure to violence and harmful content on the internet and social media, including pornography and sexual solicitation. We should be sensitive to victims of abuse and violence and assist and support them in every way possible.

Violence against women and children is something that we need to talk and teach about, but it must be more than words: We need to be and make a difference practically as well.

5. THANKS, APPRECIATION & BLESSINGS

Hereby a special word of thanks and appreciation to all our Pastors and Assembly Leaders, as well as their spouses and families – for being faithful to the One who called you during this challenging year of 2021.  In many ways, mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but also because of other factors, this was a challenging year for many of our Pastors and their families. I thank you and salute you for continuing to do your best. May you have a refreshing time with family and friends during the Festive Season and school holidays.

Please take care, take preventative measures and come back safely if you do travel.

I pray that 2022 will be a year full of new opportunities, health and blessings for all of you!

Kind regards and love
Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 10 Desember 2021

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AGS Nuusflits Vrydag, 10 Desember 2021

 

HULPBRONNE:

1. AGS van SA: Nasionale Kalender 2022

https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/ 

2. Pastorale Brief: 4de Kwartaal (Nuut!)

https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-4de-kwartaal-2021/

3. NOB Inhuldiging Foto Album: Hoogtepunte

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1586119138392238&type=3

 

AGS Kollega,

1. AGS VAN SA NASIONALE KANTOOR: KENNISGEWING

Neem asseblief kennis dat die Nasionale Kantoor op Vrydag, 10 Desember 2021 sal sluit en weer sal open op Dinsdag, 4 Januarie 2022. Die Nasionale Kantoorpersoneel het ‘n besonderse besige jaar gehad, veral met die voorbereiding en aanbieding van die onlangse GBM (Algemene Besigheidsvergadering). Ek wens al ons personeel ‘n goeie en veilige rustyd saam met hulle gesinne en geliefdes toe.

Indien daar iets is wat jy dringend met die Nasionale Kantoor moet kommunikeer, kan jy die Kantoorbestuurder kontak:

Desmond Alie by 079 864 3009

Ter kennisname gee ons graag die e-pos adresse van die nuutverkose Nasionale Ampsdraers:

Dr Henri Weideman: [email protected]

Past. Barend Petersen: [email protected]

Past. Selby Khumalo: [email protected]

Past. Rudi Coertzen: [email protected]

2. AGS SOSIALE MEDIA: OPKOMENDE VIDEO BOODSKAPPE

Ek het ‘n paar video boodskappe opgeneem wat op die AGS van SA se sosiale media platforms gedeel sal word gedurende die vakansietyd. Maak asseblief ‘n nota hiervan: ‘n Kersboodskap op 25 Desember 2021, ‘n Nuwejaarsboodskap op 1 Januarie 2022 en ‘n boodskap oor ons Januarie-maand van Gebed en Vas op 4 Januarie 2022.

3. AGS WELSYNSNAWEEK: ‘N VERSOEK VIR TERUGVOER

Die AGS Welsynsnaweek het gedurende die laaste naweek in November plaasgevind en ons nooi graag ons Gemeentes uit om ons meer te vertel oor watter aksies uitgevoer was deur die lidmate. Stuur vir ons ‘n kort verslag en foto’s na:

[email protected] OF [email protected]

Ons sien uit om terugvoer te ontvang en te hoor hoe AGS Gemeentes uitgereik het na ouer persone in hul gemeenskappe. Ons sal graag hierdie aksies wil deel op die AGS se sosiale media platforms. By voorbaat dankie vir jou deelname aan hierdie versoek.

4. GESLAGSGEBASEERDE GEWELD

Suid-Afrika het so pas nog ‘n 16-dae tydperk wat toegewy is aan die stryd teen geslagsgebaseerde geweld, voltooi. Dit voel soms vir my asof te veel mense net lippediens aan hierdie pogings gee, dat dit in die algemeen net by woorde bly, en dat die mishandeling en geweld teen vroue en kinders gevolglik ‘n voortslepende skandvlek in ons gemeenskappe bly.

Ons as gelowiges, saam as kerk, moet (en kan) ‘n verskil  aan hierdie situasie maak. As Pastore en pa’s moet ons ander hieroor leer en die Bybelse standpunt duidelik maak: ‘n Man moet sy vrou liefhê en respekteer en haar behandel op ‘n manier wat God eer. Efesiërs 5:25 (AFR’83) sê: “Mans, julle moet julle vrouens liefhê, soos Christus die kerk liefgehad het en sy lewe daarvoor afgelê het.”  By sy opdrag tot liefde voeg Paulus in Efesiërs 5:33 die volgende by “… elkeen moet sy vrou so lief hê soos hy homsélf liefhet.” 1 Petrus 3:7 (NLV) sê: “En julle, mans, behandel julle vroue met respek. Leef saam met jou vrou in die besef dat, al is sy fisiek swakker as jy, sy saam met jou deel in die lewe wat God as geskenk gee. As jy haar só behandel, sal jou gebede nie geblokkeer word nie.”

Wanneer dit kom by hoe ouers hulle kinders moet hanteer, leer die Bybel dat ons ons oor ons kinders moet ontferm, hulle moet vertroos en hulle met die dissipline en leiding wat van God af kom, moet grootmaak. Die manier waarop ons lewe, moet hulle in staat stel om ons voorbeeld te volg, net soos ons God, ons Vader, navolg:

“Soos ‘n vader hom ontferm oor sy kinders, so ontferm die Here Hom oor hulle wat Hom dien.” Psalm 103:13 (NLV)

“Soos ‘n moeder haar kind troos, so troos Ek julle” Jesaja 66:13 (NLV)

“Pa’s, moenie julle kinders so behandel dat hulle verbitterd word nie, maar voed hulle op met dissipline en teregwysing wat die Here se goedkeuring wegdra.” Efesiërs 6:4 (NLV)

“Wees navolgers van God soos geliefde kinders.” Efesiërs 5:1 (AFR’53)

Mag ons almal aktiviste wees teen die misbruik en geweld wat baie vroue en kinders beleef. Ons kan dit doen deur ‘n Goddelike voorbeeld in ons eie huise en gesinne uit te leef, maar ook deur hieroor te praat in ons vriendekringe, in ons  gemeenskappe en by ons werkplekke. Ons moet nie net stilbly of wegkyk wanneer ons bewus is van voortdurende gevalle van mishandeling en geweld teen vroue en kinders nie, maar optree. Moenie misbruikers beskerm nie, rapporteer hulle! Beskerm kinders teen blootstelling aan geweld en skadelike inhoud op die internet en sosiale media, insluitend pornografie.

Ons moet sensitief en ondersteunend wees teenoor slagoffers van mishandeling en geweld en hulle op elke moontlike manier bystaan en  ondersteun. Geweld teen vroue en kinders is iets waaroor ons moet praat en lering oor moet gee, maar dit moet meer as net woorde wees: Ons moet ook prakties ‘n verskil maak.

5. DANK, WAARDERING & SEËN

Hiermee ‘n spesiale woord van dank en waardering aan al ons Pastore en Gemeente Leiers, sowel as hul eggenote en families. Dankie vir jou getrouheid aan die Een wat jou geroep – veral gedurende 2021. Op baie maniere, hoofsaaklik as gevolg van die Covid- 19 pandemie, maar ook as gevolg van ander faktore, was hierdie ‘n uitdagende jaar vir baie van ons Pastore en hul gesinne. Ek dank jou dat jy aanhou om jou bes te doen. Mag jy tydens hierdie feestyd en skoolvakansie ‘n verfrissende tyd saam met familie en vriende vier.

Wees asseblief versigtig, kom voorkomende maatreëls na en indien jy reis, kom veilig terug.

Ek bid dat 2022 ‘n jaar vol nuwe geleenthede, gesondheid en seëninge vir julle almal sal wees!

Vriendelike groete en liefde
Henri Weideman

Newsflash: Friday, 3 December 2021

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AFM Newsflash Friday, 3 December 2021

 

RESOURCES

1. AFM of SA: National Calendar 2022

https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/ 

2. Pastoral Letter: 4th Quarter (New!)

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-4th-quarter-2021/

3. NOB Empowerment Visits 2021: PowerPoint Presentations (Last Opportunity!)

https://afm-ags.org/nob-empowerment-visits-2021-power-point-presentations/

4. NOB Empowerment Visits 2021: Training Videos (Last Opportunity!)

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMguBPJZpLHYtSymo7ubUs2oXGS28rDn3

5. NOB Inauguration Photo Album: Highlights (New!)

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1586119138392238&type=3

Dear Colleague,

INAUGURATION OF THE NEW NATIONAL OFFICE BEARERS (NOB)

The election of the new NOB of the AFM of SA took place on 16 and 17 November 2021 during a hybrid in-person and digital General Business meeting held in 19 different venues simultaneously. The Inauguration Ceremony (with Covid-19 distancing & hygiene regulations) was held on Tuesday, 30 November at 19:00 at the Doxa Deo Midstream campus.

The event was live-streamed and can be viewed on The Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa Facebook page – Click here for the video.  Pastor Thandanani Savhasa, the presiding Pastor of the AFM Naledi Assembly, fulfilled the task of program director with flair and distinction.

The first Office Bearers elected after unity in 1996, Dr Isak Burger (President), Dr Frank Chikane (Deputy President), Pastor George Mahlobo (General Secretary) and Pastor Peter de Witt (General Treasurer), were asked to pray for the newly elected Office Bearers. Unfortunately, Dr Chikane had to withdraw from the event due to him being exposed to individuals with Covid-19.  Dr Japie La Poorta prayed in his place, and a recording sent by Dr Chikane was played.  Pastor George Mahlobo, President of the AFM International and outgoing President of the AFM of SA offered words of encouragement and conducted the induction of the new NOB.

Jamela Vuma, award-winning recording artist and worship leader of the AFM Impact Christian Centre in Midrand, ministered with Zulu and English songs. Nkhensani Mthembi, the 11-year-old daughter of Pastor Gerald and Sister Thandi Mthembi offered congratulations. Pastor Nimrod Kekana composed and presented a special poem for the inauguration and brother Andy Petersen rendered a trumpet number. After the four new Office Bearers, each shared a response message, Dr Ina Smit, the chairperson of the Gauteng Central Region closed the event in prayer.

In this Newsflash, we share a few photos of the event.


A Word of Thanks 

Pastor George Mahlobo and Dr Japie La Poorta, the outgoing President and Deputy President of the AFM of SA, deserve a special word of thanks for their years of dedication and service to the AFM. Their serving attitude, warm hearts, and continuous sacrifice, as well as their corporate memory, will always be remembered and remains a rich source of inspiration and guidance.

Focus on our Vision

At the inauguration, I shared the dream that I believe God is shaping in my heart. This picture flows from our vision statement as the AFM of SA: “We see a church accessible to all people, celebrating our unity and God-given diversity, empowering our members for caring and changing communities to the glory of God.”

In this regard: I see a church: Not a social club. Not a political organization; a Pentecostal Church, that functions as an expression of the Body of Christ in South Africa and gives moral and ethical direction and guidance. I see a church that is relevant to the time we are living in and holding on to Biblical principles and beliefs.

We must equip and train pastors with the necessary Theology, Leadership and Entrepreneurial abilities to be effective in the changing and challenging times that we are in.

I see a church accessible to all people: The post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh painted the church at Auvers in 1890. He portrayed it as a place of doom and gloom – with dark windows – reflecting the dark sky around it and not radiating any light from within. From the angle he painted it, there are also no doors visible. It creates a picture of an inaccessible and unwelcoming dark place.

The AFM should always be accessible to ALL people. Members of all ages, as well as visitors, should be greeted at the door and feel welcome. We must put practical church planting and -growth plans in place to ensure that wherever you find people, you will find the AFM.

Not only must every local assembly be accessible to all people, but our leadership structures must also be accessible to new and upcoming leaders – both male and female. In this regard, I foresee an intentional leadership development and recognition program.

The wellness and continuous development of all our pastors are also areas where accessibility is very important.

I see a church celebrating our unity and God-given diversity: Our diversity should never be used as a tool for division. It must be celebrated as an asset in our ongoing development and growth. Our diversity is expressed in a bouquet of cultures, languages, traditions, learning experiences, stories, ways of expression and liturgies. None of which are “better” than others, just different. We can appreciate and learn so much from each other, as we participate in the multifaceted existence that the AFM has to offer.

I will spend a portion of my time and work to strengthen and deepen the unity for which many of our leaders, pastors and members sacrificed so much. The achievement of structural unity in 1996 was a remarkable milestone on this journey that still needs to continue, as we treasure and strengthen our cohesion.

I see a church empowering our members for caring and changing communities, to the glory of God. We live in a world and society where many people are suffering, are destitute, lonely and abused. As the church, we have a mandate to care for people in need. Our members must be empowered to care in ways that really make a difference to the welfare of all people in our communities.

As Pentecostal people, we cannot be indifferent towards the socio-economic and environmental ills in our society. We cannot be so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly good. On National, Regional and Local levels we must be agents of change and our members must be empowered to be involved in sustainable ways.

I am very aware that the function of AFM of SA President is assigned to me for a season. I will give my best in this time. I thank you for your goodwill and humbly ask for your continued prayer.

Blessings!

Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 3 Desember 2021

Laai die Nuusflits af in PDF-formaat (om maklik per e-pos te stuur of uit te druk):

AGS Nuusflits, Vrydag 3 Desember 2021

 

HULPBRONNE

1. AGS van SA: Nasionale Kalender 2022

https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/ 

2. Pastorale Brief: 4de Kwartaal (Nuut!)

https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-4de-kwartaal-2021/

3. NOB Bemagtigingsbesoeke 2021: PowerPoint Aanbiedings (Laaste Kans!)

https://afm-ags.org/nob-empowerment-visits-2021-power-point-presentations/ 

4. NOB Bemagtigingsbesoeke 2021: Video Opnames (Laaste Kans!)  

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMguBPJZpLHYtSymo7ubUs2oXGS28rDn3 

5. NOB Inhuldiging Foto Album: Hoogtepunte

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1586119138392238&type=3

AGS Kollega,

INHULDIGING VAN DIE NUWE NASIONALE AMPSDRAERS

Die verkiesing van die nuwe Ampsdraers van die AGS van SA het plaasgevind op 16 en 17 November 2021 tydens ‘n  hibriede in-persoon en digitale Algemene Besigheids Vergadering, gelyktydig gehou in 19 verskillende lokale. Die inhuldigingseremonie (met Covid-19-distansiëring & higiëneregulasies in plek) is op Dinsdag, 30 November 19:00 by die Doxa Deo Midstream-kampus gehou.

Die geleentheid is regstreeks gestroom en kan op Die AGS van SA se Facebook-blad besigtig word: Kliek hier vir die video. Pastoor Thandanani Savhasa, Presiderende Pastoor van die AGS Naledi Gemeente, het die taak van seremoniemeester met flair en onderskeiding vervul.

Die eerste Ampsdraers wat ná eenheid in 1996 verkies is, Dr Isak Burger (President), Dr Frank Chikane (Adjunkpresident), Pastoor George Mahlobo (Hoofsekretaris) en Pastoor Peter de Witt (Hooftesourier), is gevra om vir die nuutverkose Ampsdraers te bid. Ongelukkig moes Dr Chikane hom aan die geleentheid onttrek omdat hy aan individue met Covid-19 blootgestel is. Dr Japie La Poorta het in sy plek gebid, en ‘n opname wat Dr Chikane gestuur het, is gespeel. Pastoor George Mahlobo, President van die AGS Internasionaal en uitgaande President van Die AGS van SA, het woorde van bemoediging gebring en die induksie van die nuwe Ampsdraers waargeneem.

Jamela Vuma, bekroonde opnamekunstenaar en aanbiddingsleier van die AFM Impact Christian Centre in  Midrand, het ons met Zoeloe- en Engelse aanbiddings liedjies bedien. Nkhensani  Mthembi, die 11-jarige dogter van Pastoor Gerald en suster Thandi  Mthembi,  het die Ampsdraers gelukgewens. Pastoor Nimrod Kekana het ‘n spesiale gedig vir die inhuldiging geskryf en voorgelees en broer Andy Petersen het ‘n trompet nommer gelewer. Nadat die vier nuwe Ampsdraers elk ‘n kort boodskap gedeel het, het Dr Ina Smit, voorsitter van die Gauteng-Sentraal-streek, die geleentheid met gebed afgesluit.

In hierdie Nuusflits deel ons ‘n paar fotos van die geleentheid.


‘n Woord van Dank 

Pastoor George Mahlobo en Dr Japie La Poorta, die uittredende President en Adjunkpresident van Die AGS van SA, verdien ‘n spesiale woord van dank vir hul jare van toewyding en diens aan die AGS. Hulle diensbare ingesteldheid, opregte harte en voortdurende opoffering, sowel as hulle korporatiewe geheue sal altyd onthou word en bly ‘n ryk bron van inspirasie en leiding.

Fokus op ons Visie

By die inhuldiging het ek die droom gedeel wat ek glo God in my hart vorm. Hierdie prentjie vloei uit die visiestelling van die AGS van SA:  “We see a church accessible to all people, celebrating our unity and God given diversity, empowering our members for caring and changing communities to the glory of God.”

In hierdie verband: Sien ek ‘n kerk: Nie ‘n sosiale klub nie. Nie ‘n politieke organisasie nie. ‘n Pinksterkerk, wat funksioneer as ‘n uitdrukking van die Liggaam van Christus in Suid Afrika en wat morele  en etiese leiding gee. Ek sien ‘n kerk wat relevant is vir die tyd waarin ons leef  en terselfdertyd vashou aan Bybelse waardes en beginsels.

Dit is noodsaaklik dat ons Pastore toerus en oplei met die nodige Teologie, Leierskap en  Entrepreneuriese vermoëns, om effektief te wees in die veranderende en uitdagende tye waarin ons leef.

Ek sien ‘n kerk toeganklik vir álle mense: Die post-Impressionistiese kunstenaar Vincent van Gogh het die kerk in Auvers in 1890 geskilder. Hy het  dit uitgebeeld as ‘n plek van verdoemenis  en  somberheid – met donker vensters – wat die donker lug rondom die gebou weerspieël en geen lig van binne uitstraal nie.  Uit die hoek wat hy dit geverf het, is daar ook geen deure sigbaar nie.  Dit skep ‘n prentjie van ‘n ontoeganklike en onwelkome donker plek.

Die AGS moet altyd toeganklik wees vir ALLE mense. Lidmate van alle ouderdomme, sowel as besoekers moet by die deur gegroet word en welkom voel. Ons moet praktiese kerkplantings- en groeiplanne in plek stel om te verseker dat waar jy ook al mense vind, jy die AGS sal vind.

Nie net moet elke plaaslike gemeente toeganklik wees vir alle mense nie, maar ons leierskapstrukture moet ook toeganklik wees vir nuwe en  opkomende leiers – beide manlik  en  vroulik. In hierdie verband voorsien ek ‘n doelgerigte leierskapsontwikkelings- en erkenningsprogram.

Die welstand en deurlopende ontwikkeling van al ons pastore is ook areas waar toeganklikheid  baie  belangrik is.

Ek sien ‘n kerk wat ons eenheid en God-gegewe diversiteit vier: Ons diversiteit moet nooit gebruik word as ‘n instrument vir verdeeldheid nie. Dit moet gevier word as ‘n bate in ons voortgesette ontwikkeling en groei. Ons diversiteit vind gestalte in ‘n ruiker van kulture, tale, tradisies, leerervarings, stories, maniere van uitdrukking en liturgieë.  Nie een van hulle is “beter” as ander nie, net anders. Ons kan soveel van mekaar waardeer en  leer indien ons aktief deelneem aan die diversiteit wat die AGS bied.

Ek sal ‘n gedeelte van my tyd en werk spandeer om die eenheid waarvoor baie van ons leiers, pastore en lidmate soveel opgeoffer het, te versterk  en  te verdiep. Die bereiking van strukturele eenheid in 1996 was ‘n merkwaardige mylpaal op hierdie reis wat nog moet voortduur, soos wat ons ons samehorigheid waardeer en versterk.

Ek sien ‘n kerk wat ons lidmate bemagtig om gemeenskappe te versorg en  te verander, tot eer van die Here. Ons leef in ‘n wêreld en samelewing waar baie mense ly, behoeftig is, eensaam is en  mishandel word. As kerk het ons ‘n mandaat om na mense in nood om te sien. Ons lidmate moet bemagtig word om vir ander om te gee op maniere wat werklik ‘n verskil maak aan die welstand van alle mense in ons gemeenskappe.

As Pinkstermense kan ons nie onverskillig teenoor die sosio-ekonomiese  en  omgewingskwale in ons samelewing wees nie. Ons moenie so op die hemel fokus dat ons van geen aardse nut is nie. Op Nasionale-, Streeks- en Plaaslike vlakke moet ons agente van verandering wees, en ons lidmate moet bemagtig word om op volhoubare maniere daarby betrokke te wees.

Ek is baie bewus daarvan dat die funksie van Die AGS van SA President vir ‘n seisoen aan my toegewys is.  Ek sal my beste gee in hierdie tyd.  Ek dank jou vir jou welwillendheid en vra nederig vir jou voortgesette gebed.

Seën!

Henri Weideman

Nuusflits: Vrydag, 19 November 2021

Laai die PDF-weergawe hier af (om maklik te e-pos of uit te druk):

AGS Nuusflits: Vrydag, 19 November 2021

 

HULPBRONNE

1. AGS van SA: Nasionale Kalender 2022

https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/ 

2. Pastorale Brief: 4de Kwartaal (Nuut!)

https://afm-ags.org/pastorale-brief-4de-kwartaal-2021/

3. NOB Bemagtigingsbesoeke 2021: PowerPoint Aanbiedings 

https://afm-ags.org/nob-empowerment-visits-2021-power-point-presentations/ 

4. NOB Bemagtigingsbesoeke 2021: Video Opnames  

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMguBPJZpLHYtSymo7ubUs2oXGS28rDn3 

AGS Kollega,

1. ALGEMENE BESIGHEIDSVERGADERING 2021

Ons gee aan God die eer vir ‘n suksesvolle GBM vergadering! Ek wil ook alle afgevaardigdes bedank wat hierdie geskiedkundige virtuele GBM bygewoon het. Kom ek deel ‘n paar belangrike hoogtepunte:

Kworum Bereik

Laat my toe om die Konferensiekomitee, die Streeksleiers en Streeksadministrateurs/Sekretarisse te bedank wat die registrasie van afgevaardigdes (wat Gemeentes, Nasionale Departemente en Staande Komitees in sluit) gefasiliteer het. Vir die eerste keer in 20 jaar het ons ‘n kworum bereik teen die sperdatum – wat 1 November 2021 was.

Die kworum is gehandhaaf al het van die afgevaardigdes vertrek voordat die sessies afgehandel was.

Tegnologiese Stelsel

Ek moet ons IT-span loof vir ‘n tegnologiese stelsel wat afgevaardigdes toegelaat het om foutloos te registreer en toegang te verkry tot GBM lokale. Daar was geen lang rye of onnodige vertragings nie. Afgevaardigdes kon maklik toegang kry tot GBM-lokale en het hulle konferensie items (lanyards, naamkaartjies & GBM bundel) ontvang deur bewys te lewer van ‘n “Quick Response” QR-kode. Die agenda en verkiesings het glad verloop weens die sinkronisasie van die verskillende lokale met die hooflokaal by Woord en Lewe (Boksburg). Afgevaardigdes kon van alle lokale hoorbaar deelneem.

Komplimente aan ons IT-span onder leiding van Desmond Alie (Algemene Bestuurder) en Rudolf du Toit (IT Konsultant).

Nominasiepoel

Die insluiting van die nominasiepoel voor die GBM-verkiesing, soos goedgekeur deur die 2018 GBM was doeltreffend gewees. Al die Nasionale Ampsdraers, behalwe die Algemene Sekretaris, is uit die nominasiepoel verkies. Benoemings van die vloer af was ‘n gepaste manier om te verseker dat ‘n dooie punt nie bereik word nie. Ons moes nominasies van die vloer af toelaat omdat die genomineerde vir die Algemene Sekretaris toe as President verkies is.

Verkiesingsproses

Afgevaardigdes wat hierdie virtuele GBM bygewoon het sal met my saamstem dat die verkiesingsproses met integriteit aangepak is – te danke aan die onberispelike manier waarop die Hoofverkiesingsbeampte (Past Frank Chikane) en die Ondersoekkomitee (of te wel die Scrutiny Committee) saam met die spanne van die Hooftelbeamptes in die 19 onderskeie GBM-lokale saamgewerk het.

Die AGS se kernwaardes van integriteit, aanspreeklikheid en uitnemendheid is gedemonstreer.

Risiko Bestuur

Ek wil almal bedank wat die negentien (19) GBM-lokale verskaf het. Lokale moes voorbereid wees op die moontlike impak van beurtkrag en weersomstandighede. Daar was ‘n geringe ontwrigting by een van die lokale as gevolg van krag. Dit was egter vinnig opgelos.

Die Nuwe NOB Leiers

Ek wil graag ons nuutverkose Nasionale Ampsdraers (NOB) gelukwens: Dr H.J. Weideman (President), Past B. Petersen (Adjunkpresident), Past M.S. Khumalo (Algemene Sekretaris) en Past R.J. Coertzen (Algemene Tesourier).

Ek bid dat God hulle insig, wysheid en salwing sal gee om hierdie kerk vorentoe te neem.

Die nuutverkose Nasionale Ampsdraers word op Dinsdag, 30 November 2021 in Centurion, Gauteng, ingehuldig. Meer inligting sal mettertyd deurgestuur word.

2. PERSVERKLARING: AGS GBM 2021

Neem asseblief kennis dat ‘n Persverklaring aan die media gestuur is oor die uitslag van die AGS Nasionale Ampsdraersverkiesing wat afgelaai kan word vanaf die skakel hieronder:

https://afm-ags.org/press-release-19-11-2021/

3. AGS WELSYNSNAWEEK 

Verwag God dan nog steeds dat ek na ander in nood moet uitreik as dit in my eie huishouding moeilik gaan? Ons glo dat ons deur God se genade moet voortgaan om vrygewig te gee en uit te reik na ander in nood, selfs in moeilike tye.

Dit is die voorgestelde tema vir die AGS Welsynsnaweek vir 2021 (26-28 November 2021), soos gevier deur die lidmate en die plaaslike Gemeentes van die AGS van SA. Hierdie jaar word daar veral gefokus op hoe die kerk ‘n verskil kan maak in die lewens van ouer persone in hul gemeenskap. Ons is opgewonde om te sien wat AGS lidmate en Gemeentes beplan!

Vandag deel ons al die hulpbronne wat jy sal benodig vir jou AGS Welsynsnaweek:

A. PRAKTIESE RIGLYNE

Vir praktiese riglyne oor hoe om die beste van jou AGS Welsynsnaweek te maak, onthou om die Pastorale Brief van die 3de Kwartaal te raadpleeg:

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-3rd-quarter-2021/

B. VRYDAG BEMAGTIGING

Laai inligting af wat jou sal bemagtig om opleiding aan jou Gemeente te bied oor die kweek van gesinswaardes geskryf deur Ashley Theron (Waarnemende Uitvoerende Hoof van AGS Welsyn):

Resources: AFM Welfare Weekend (26-28 Nov)

C. SATERDAG OPLEIDINGSVIDEO’S

‘n Tweedelige opleidingsvideo wat pastore en lidmate bemagtig oor hoe om ouer persone in hul plaaslike gemeenskappe te versorg en te beskerm – aangebied deur Ashley Theron (Waarnemende Uitvoerende Hoof van AGS Welsyn):

Video 1:

Video 2:

PowerPoint Aanbiedings vir Video 1 & 2:

https://afm-ags.org/resources-afm-welfare-weekend-26-28-nov/

D. SONDAG PREEKPUNTE

Om Pastore te lei in hul voorbereiding vir die Sondagpreek – geskryf deur Past Jean Symons (Ondervoorsitter van AGS Welsyn):

Resources: AFM Welfare Weekend (26-28 Nov)

Ons vertrou dat jy hierdie hulpbronne nuttig sal vind. Vir enige verdere navrae rakende AGS Welsynsnaweek kontak: Ashley Theron – [email protected].

 

Seën!
MG Mahlobo

Newsflash: Friday, 19 November 2021

Download the PDF-version here (e-mail & printer-friendly):

AFM Newsflash: Friday, 19 November 2021

 

RESOURCES

1. AFM of SA: National Calendar 2022

https://afm-ags.org/afm-calendar-2022/ 

2. Pastoral Letter: 4th Quarter (New!)

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-4th-quarter-2021/

3. NOB Empowerment Visits 2021: PowerPoint Presentations 

https://afm-ags.org/nob-empowerment-visits-2021-power-point-presentations/

4. NOB Empowerment Visits 2021: Training Videos 

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMguBPJZpLHYtSymo7ubUs2oXGS28rDn3

AFM Colleagues,

1. GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING 2021

To God be the glory for a successful GBM meeting! I would also like to thank all delegates who attended this historic virtual GBM. Let me share some important highlights:

Quorum Reached

Allow me to thank the Conference Committee, the Regional Leaders and Regional Administrators/Secretaries who facilitated the registration of delegates from our Assemblies, National Departments and Standing Committees. For the first time in 20 years, we reached a quorum by the deadline date which was 1 November 2021.

The quorum was maintained even though some of the delegates left before the sessions were concluded.

A Technolgical System

I must applaud our IT team for providing a system that allowed delegates to register and access the GBM venues without any glitches. There were no long queues and delays. Delegates were able to access the venues and receive GBM lanyards, name tags and an agenda book through the use of a Quick Response (QR) code on confirmation letters and name tags. The agenda and elections went smooth because of the synchronisation of the various venues with the main venue at Woord en Lewe (Boksburg). Delegates could participate audibly from all venues.

Congratulations to our IT Team led by Desmond Alie (General Manager) and Rudolf du Toit (IT Consultant).

Nomination Pool

The inclusion of the nomination pool prior to the GBM elections, as approved by the 2018 GBM, proved to be effective. All National Office Bearers except for the General Secretary were elected from the pool. Nominations from the floor were proven to be an appropriate deadlock breaking mechanism. We had to resort to nominations from the floor when the only nominee for the General Secretary was elected as President.

Election Process

Those who attended this GBM would agree with me that the integrity of the election process was not compromised. This was due to the immaculate way the Chief Electoral Officer (Past Frank Chikane), the Scrutiny Committee together with the teams of the Chief Counting Officers in the nineteen (19) venues, conducted the elections.

Our core values of integrity, accountability and excellence were demonstrated.

Managing Risks

I want to thank all those who provided the nineteen (19) venues for the convening of the 2021 GBM. Venues had backup systems that mitigated negative effects related to weather and load shedding. There was a minor disruption at one venue due to a blackout. It was, however, quickly resolved.

Congratulations to the Newly Elected Leaders

I would like to congratulate our newly elected National Office Bearers (NOB), namely Dr H.J. Weideman (President), Past B. Petersen (Deputy President), Past M.S. Khumalo (General Secretary) and Past R.J. Coertzen (General Treasurer).

I pray that God will give them insight, wisdom and anointing to take this church forward.

The newly-elected National Office Bearers will be inaugurated on Tuesday, 30 November 2021 in Centurion, Gauteng. More information will be sent through in due course.

2. PRESS RELEASE: AFM GBM 2021 

Kindly note that a Press Release was sent to the media regarding the outcome of the AFM National Office Bearers elections that can be downloaded from the link below:

https://afm-ags.org/press-release-19-11-2021/

3. AFM WELFARE WEEKEND

When things are tough and difficult in my own household, does God still expect me to reach out to others in need? We believe that through God’s grace we should continue to generously give and reach out to others in need – even in challenging times.

This is the proposed theme for the 2021 AFM Welfare Weekend (26-28 November 2021) as celebrated by the Members and Assemblies in The AFM of SA. This year there is a special focus on how the church can make a difference in the lives of older persons in their community. We are excited to see what AFM Members and Assemblies are planning!

Today we share all the resources that you will need for your AFM Welfare Weekend:

A. PRACTICAL GUIDELINES

For practical guidelines on how to make the most of your AFM Welfare Weekend, remember to consult the Pastoral Letter of the 3rd Quarter:

https://afm-ags.org/pastoral-letter-3rd-quarter-2021/

B. FRIDAY EMPOWERMENT 

Download information that will empower you to present training on your Assembly on cultivating family values, written by Ashley Theron (Acting CEO of AFM Welfare):

https://afm-ags.org/resources-afm-welfare-weekend-26-28-nov/

C. SATURDAY TRAINING VIDEOS

A two-part training video empowering Pastors and members on how to “Care & Protect Older Persons” in their local communities – presented by Ashley Theron (Acting CEO of AFM Welfare):

Video 1:

Video 2:

PowerPoint Presentations for Video 1 & 2:

Resources: AFM Welfare Weekend (26-28 Nov)

D. SUNDAY SERMON POINTS

To guide Pastors in their preparation for the Sunday Sermon written by Past Jean Symons (Vice Chairperson of AFM Welfare):

Resources: AFM Welfare Weekend (26-28 Nov)

We trust that you will find these resources helpful. For any further enquiries regarding AFM Welfare Weekend contact: Ashley Theron [email protected].

Blessings!
MG Mahlobo

Pastoral Letter: 4th Quarter 2021

Download the PDF version here (e-mail & printer-friendly):

ENG AFM Pastoral Letter 4th Quarter 2021

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

– INTRODUCTION
– CONTINUE LABOURING IN GOD’S KINGDOM
– TRUST IN GOD ALWAYS
– APPRECIATE WHAT WE HAVE
– CALLED FOR A TIME SUCH AS THIS
– CONCLUSION

 

AFM Colleagues,

I am greatly honoured to pen this article down as part of the 4th Quarter 2021 Pastoral Letter. This is my last Pastoral Letter in my capacity as President of the AFM of SA. For this last edition, I requested my fellow National Office Bearers to join me as we reflect on a last special message and word of encouragement to the AFM church as a whole.

It was a privilege to serve alongside these leaders: Dr J.J. La Poorta (Deputy President), Dr H.J. Weideman (General Secretary) and Past. B. Petersen (General Treasurer). May God bless them and continue to bless our beloved AFM church.

CONTINUE LABOURING IN GOD’S KINGDOM

Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President of the AFM of SA)

 

 

 

 

 

I was twenty-five years old when I was ordained as a Pastor of the AFM of SA. Although I had an assurance of God’s calling, I did not have a complete picture of what the Lord wanted me to do. Since my ordination,  as I reflect on my forty-two years in the ministry, I am thankful to God for all that He did for me as part of the AFM fellowship. I am also grateful to all my ministry colleagues and members of this church. When I was young, you provided me with spiritually matured people who mentored and guided me. When the ministry became tough, you gave me motivation and when I was hurting I received comfort. When I celebrated achievements, you celebrated together with me.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been with us for almost 2 years. Many colleagues succumbed to the pandemic. Many of our people lost their livelihoods. Adjustments to the new norm are not easy. We had to embrace new ways of doing ministry and meetings. This is possible through multiple technologies such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Zoom. Loadshedding, bandwidth outages and access to data made connectivity difficult for many of us. We had to find innovative ways regarding the church’s liturgical practices such as the dedication of children, laying on of hands on the sick and serving the Lord’s Communion. Water baptism has been halted in many of our churches. If the pandemic persists the leadership of the church will have to give guidance in this regard.

Allow me to thank our Pastors, Assembly Leaders and members of our church for holding the fort during these difficult times. I pray for God’s protection on you and your families. May the good Lord continue to guide and empower you for the present times and the future. May the Lord add to your congregations those who accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord and are baptised in the power of the Holy Spirit. May the flame of Pentecost continue to burn in your services.

We are coming to terms with the fact that the current pandemic is not a “sprint” but a “marathon”. God expects us to fulfil our calling. The fulfilment of the Great Commission cannot be stopped by the Covid-19 pandemic. Early church persecution and all previous pandemics could not stop the church’s witness. The One who called us is the source of our empowerment and sustenance as we continue to labour in His ministry. In 2 Thessalonians 3:3, we read these encouraging words: “But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one” (NLT). As you continue to labour in God’s field do so with integrity, sound relationships, accountability and excellence. Mobilise our members to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16). Embed in their spirits the sense of being sent by God to all creation as transformational agents.

“The fulfilment of the Great Commission cannot be stopped by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

While I will no longer be able to serve you as your leader, I want to assure you that I leave with pleasant memories. It has been a pleasure working together with you, as co-workers in this church. Allow me to also thank all the staff members of the AFM National Office for your dedication to your work.

TRUST IN GOD ALWAYS

Dr J.J. La Poorta (Deputy President of the AFM of SA)

 

 

 

 

 

Now that I have virtually come to the end of my active ministry journey within the AFM of SA, it is with thanks and appreciation that I am looking back without regrets. Along the road, I have met many people who positively impacted my life. I encountered many challenges from which I have learned valuable personal lessons and some I could share with others so that they do not make the same painstaking mistakes I made. Through it all, I have seen the Hand of the Lord – the One who called me – manifested in ways beyond my wildest imagination.

I also want to express my heartfelt thanks to my life partner in ministry, Susan, our children and grandchildren for the joy and happiness that they brought into my life and ministry. Some colleagues have been with me in ministry during many struggles, memorable moments and experiences – I want to thank them for their assistance. I do not want to venture into listing names in the fear that I might leave someone out by mistake and that this could cause unnecessary strain on future relationships. When they read this document, they will recognise themselves. I would like to share some final thoughts with you:

Stay Focused & On Course

In ministry, it is significant to stay focused and on course towards your calling. Romans 11:29 declares that: “…since God’s gracious gifts and calling are irrevocable”. When a person is called and have been empowered with certain charismatic gifts, one must always remember (i) the purpose and the calling and (ii) that the charismatic gifts are to build up the Body. It is not to be used as tools or instruments of manipulation or to brag about one’s own ability. It comes from God and will always remain the property of God through His Spirit. Its purpose is to build the church and enhance the mission of God in the world.

The calling and the charismatic gifts bring with it an anointing that opens up doors and breaks down every yoke of resistance. Remember, you are called by God and must stay focused on Him and His interest. Never use the calling, charismatic gifts and anointing for any God-dishonoring purpose.

Trust In God Always

Trust in God with all your strength and lean not on your own understanding, strength and abilities. You have been called to do God’s work with His power and in the strength of the Holy Spirit. Wherever you go, whatever you do always remember to trust in God. He is our protector, provider and sustainer in ministry. Many people will come across your path who think they can take that special place of God and make you dependent on them. Be careful about those seemingly, kind and generous people who support you in ministry with ulterior motives. They will give to you and your ministry to remind you that they are important resourceful persons in your life.

“Trust in God with all your strength and lean not on your own understanding, strength and abilities.”

Be Faithful Till The End

You have been called by God into ministry, who is faithful and just to supply all your needs according to his riches in glory. Your faithfulness and allegiance must under all circumstances be to God and God alone. To the members of the church in Smyrna the Spirit said to be faithful until death. To be faithful is a costly exercise that in many cases may demand the ultimate price. When you uttered the words of Isaiah 6: 8: “Here am I, send me” you declared yourself willing to pay the price for the calling in ministry.

Stay well and be of good courage, God is able to do exceedingly above all your hopes, dreams and expectations.

APPRECIATE WHAT WE HAVE

Dr H.J. Weideman (General Secretary of the AFM of SA)

 

 

 

 

 

Looking back over the last 5 years and also looking forward to the future, many things come to mind. In the limited space of this article, I will mention 5 of those closest to my heart:

Our Rich History & Pentecostal DNA

In the National Office, I am often reminded of and appreciate our history and the leaders that played a role in our growth over the years. I realised again the importance of staying true to who we are as a Pentecostal church.  The AFM is certainly not a perfect church, such does not exist, but it is our church and we have been planted in South Africa for a definite and God honouring purpose. As people of the Holy Spirit, living and working on the frontline of a secularising world, we must do everything in our power to strengthen our DNA and give expression to our values of Integrity, Excellence, Relationships and Accountability in our everyday lives.

We are blessed with several seasoned and experienced leaders who remains a rich reservoir of corporate memory and learning capabilities on which developing leaders can and must draw. I firmly believe that no leader “expires” – they only enter another season of ministry.

Unity and Diversity

Our vision statement says: “We see a church accessible to all people, celebrating our unity and God-given diversity, empowering our members for caring and changing communities to the glory of God.” We need to appreciate that our journey towards unity comes a long way. Many leaders, Pastors and members played a crucial role and sacrificed a lot to bring us where we are. The achievement of structural unity in 1996 was a remarkable milestone on this journey that still needs to continue, as we treasure and strengthen our cohesion.

We should celebrate our diversity as an asset in our ongoing development and growth process. This diversity is expressed in a bouquet of cultures, languages, traditions, learning experiences, stories, ways of expression and liturgies. None of which are “better” than the other, just different. We can appreciate and learn so much from each other, as we participate in the multi-faceted existence that the AFM has to offer.

Our Local Assemblies & Members

The church exists on a local level before it exists on a regional and national level. The National Office and Regional Structures of the church exist because local assemblies are planted, developed and grown. Our leaders, Pastors and members are all assets of equal importance and should be treated as such.

When done right, the local assembly is an extremely powerful transformational influence in its community. Every member has a role to play and must be empowered to live their lives as people on a mission. The mission Jesus sent us on when He said: “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you…” (John 20:21). The AFM started out as and should continue to be a missional movement in which every member is an active part of the team and not a spectator.

The AFM started out as and should continue to be a missional movement in which every member is an active part of the team and not a spectator. “

Developing & Emerging Leaders

I am very excited by the number of developing leaders and emerging young leaders that the AFM has. They must be empowered to grow as leaders who embody the DNA, values and ethos of the AFM. They need to be mentored, embraced and given the space to become all God intended them to be in our church, communities and country. If we can do that effectively our future legacy will be secure.

Future Opportunities 

As I said in the beginning, the AFM was planted in South Africa for a reason. Part of that is to be salt and light, to be a changing influence, not only in our cities but in every community where we find ourselves – be that urban, rural, workplace or social spaces. To be moral influencers. People who live with integrity, doing what we do with excellence and accountability and within the context of loving and caring relationships. That is firstly on a personal and local level.

On a national and organisational level, the AFM should be more visible and fulfil its role as an agent and voice of righteousness, moral influence and promotors of the Good News of Jesus’ Love, Grace and forgiveness. The AFM is not the only expression of the body of Christ on earth, but we are certainly a significant part of it. We should believe in our purpose and calling and fulfil our role with determination and passion.

CALLED FOR A TIME SUCH AS THIS
Past. B. Petersen (General Treasurer of the AFM of SA)

 

 

 

 

 

“And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment. From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to do” Chronicles 12:32 (KJV).

The world is slowly emerging from the catastrophic Covid-19 pandemic which was the greatest threat to global health in more than a century. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been devastating as many lives were lost and livelihoods were destroyed. We are slowly lifting our heads and our hearts after a season of pain and uncertainty in a rapidly changing world with a shift from what we were used to, to a place of uncertainty. These challenging days is causing the church to reflect on her influence in and on society.

“The Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa believes that the Spirit of God is given to believers to live dynamic and overcoming lives…”

The Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa believes that the Spirit of God is given to believers to live dynamic and overcoming lives and that believers can demonstrate the character, love and power of their Lord, Jesus Christ, in their daily lives. I’m reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew 5: 13-16, “…you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world”. In times before modern refrigeration, salt was used to prevent bacteria from poisoning food – salt could literally make the difference between life and death when fresh food was not available. Salt also added flavour to food,  and as such the church should live a life worthy of being emulated by the world. Light gives direction and guidance in a time of darkness. When we shine our light before others by living righteously we are making visible the character of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

God has called and continues to call men and women, as He called Moses, in response to the cries of His people and His creation because God cares for His creation. In Exodus 3: 7- 10 we read: “The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.  And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.  So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

We must understand and appreciate the demands of the times in which we minister. Chronos time refers to minutes and seconds whilst Kairos time refers to the appointed time or a due season. Undoubtedly we are in a Karios period that will determine the trajectory of the world for years to come. The church is called at this moment to rise and meet the weightier demands of our time. Like Moses, we are called with a divine purpose to make a lasting impact in this generation.

“Like Moses, we are called with a divine purpose to make a lasting impact in this generation.”

This time calls for visible Spiritual Authority underpinned by our daily walk with God as Paul commands us in Colossians 2: 6-7: “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,  rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving”. Our understanding of the context in which we minister will enable us to move beyond the pulpit and give direction, like the sons of Issachar, by the grace of God, to lead our communities on how to respond to the situations people find themselves in.

The Gospel brings home a message that is destiny changing – a change from what we are to what we ought to be. The Gospel brings hope as the Psalmist says in Psalm 126: “…when the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. … Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”

We have personal experience of the destiny changing impact of the Gospel. Through the ages and all over the world, we have powerful evidence of what can happen when leaders, consumed by a vision from God, relentlessly pursue, and then turn that vision into destiny changing realities. We have witnessed the impact God has made in communities where adults, teenagers and children are wholeheartedly discovering who they are in God and what life is all about.

CONCLUSION

May God help us to passionately spread the full gospel beyond the walls of the church.”

May God help us to passionately spread the full gospel beyond the walls of the church. We should accelerate the development of competent and skilled leaders with spiritual authority who truly understand the times and who boldly act in anticipation of the demands of tomorrow. I pray that the Lord will continue to use the AFM of SA in an even bigger way to share the life-changing message.

May the Apostolic Faith Mission continue to enjoy infinite blessings!

Blessings!

M.G. Mahlobo

Pastorale Brief: 4de Kwartaal 2021

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AFR Pastorale Brief 4de Kwartaal 2021

INHOUD

– GROETE
– VOORTGESETTE ARBEID IN GOD SE KONINKRYK
– VERTROU ALTYD OP GOD
– WAARDEER WAT ONS HET
– GEROEP VIR ‘N TYD SOOS HIERDIE
– SLOT

 

AGS Kollegas,

Ek is baie geëerd om hierdie artikel te kan skryf as deel van die 4de Kwartaal 2021 se Pastorale Brief. Hierdie is ook dan my laaste Pastorale Brief in my hoedanigheid as President van die AGS van SA. Vir hierdie laaste uitgawe het ek my mede-Nasionale Ampsdraers versoek om saam met my ‘n spesiale boodskap en woord van bemoediging aan die AGS kerk as geheel te rig.

Dit was ‘n voorreg om saam met hierdie leiers die kerk te kon dien: Dr J.J. La Poorta (Adjunkpresident), Dr H.J. Weideman (Hoofsekretaris) en Past. B. Petersen (Algemene Tesourier). Mag God hulle seën en aanhou om ons geliefde AGS kerk te seën.

VOORTGESETTE ARBEID IN GOD SE KONINKRYK

Past. M.G. Mahlobo (President van die AGS van SA)

 

 

 

 

 

Ek was vyf-en-twintig jaar oud toe ek as Pastoor van die AGS van SA georden is. Alhoewel ek gerus was oor God se roeping op my lewe, het ek nie ‘n volledige prentjie gehad van wat die Here wou hê ek moes doen nie. Sedert my ordening en terwyl ek nadink oor my twee-en-veertig jaar in die bediening is ek dankbaar teenoor God vir alles wat Hy vir my gedoen het binne die AGS-gemeenskap.  Ek is ook dankbaar teenoor al my kollegas in die bediening asook die lidmate van hierdie kerk. Toe ek jonk was, was daar geestelike volwasse individue wat my gementor en gelei het. Toe die bediening moeilik geword het, het ek motivering ontvang en toe ek seergekry het, het ek vertroosting gekry. Toe ek prestasies gevier het, is daar saam met my fees gevier.

Die Covid-19-pandemie is al byna 2 jaar met ons. Baie kollegas het aan die pandemie beswyk. Baie van ons mense het hul vermoë om ‘n bestaan te voer, verloor. Die aanpassing by die nuwe norm is nie maklik nie. Ons moes vinnig gewoond raak aan nuwe maniere van bediening en vergaderings hou. Dit is moontlik deur verskeie tegnologieë soos WhatsApp, Facebook en Zoom. Beurtkrag, bandwydte-onderbrekings en toegang tot data het egter konneksie vir baie van ons moeilik gemaak. Die kerk se liturgiese praktyke soos die toewyding van kinders, handoplegging van siekes en die bediening van die nagmaal is ook geraak deur die nuwe norm en ons moes ook hieroor nadink. Die waterdoop is in baie van ons kerke gestaak. As die pandemie voortduur sal die leierskap van die kerk leiding in hierdie verband moet gee.

Laat my toe om ons Pastore, Gemeente Leiers en lidmate van ons kerk te bedank – dankie dat julle die fort gehou het gedurende hierdie moeilike tye. Ek bid vir God se beskerming oor jou en jou gesin. Mag die goeie Here aanhou om jou te lei en te bemagtig vir die huidige tye en die toekoms. Mag die Here julle Gemeentes laat groei deur diegene by te voeg wat Jesus as hulle Verlosser en Here aanneem en in die krag van die Heilige Gees gedoop is. Mag die Pinkstervlam in julle dienste bly brand!

Vroeë kerkvervolging en alle vorige pandemies kon nie die kerk se getuienis keer nie.”

Ons het vrede gemaak met die feit dat die huidige pandemie nie ‘n “naelloop” is nie, maar ‘n “maraton”. God verwag nog steeds van ons om ons roeping te vervul. Die vervulling van die Groot Opdrag kan nie deur die Covid-19-pandemie gestop word nie. Vroeë kerkvervolging en alle vorige pandemies kon nie die kerk se getuienis keer nie. Die Een wat ons geroep het is die Bron van ons bemagtiging en voorsiening terwyl ons aanhou werk in Sy bediening. In 2 Tessalonisense 3:3 lees ons hierdie bemoedigende woorde: “Maar die Here is getrou! Hy sal julle sterk maak en van die Bose bewaar” (NLV). Terwyl jy aanhou om in God se Koninkryk te arbei, doen dit met integriteit, gesonde verhoudings, aanspreeklikheid en uitnemendheid. Mobiliseer ons lidmate om die sout van die aarde en die lig van die wêreld te wees (Matteus 5:13-16). Mag elke AGS lidmaat opnuut besef dat hy/sy gestuur is deur God om ‘n agent van verandering te wees op hierdie aarde.

Terwyl ek julle nie meer as leier sal kan dien nie, wil ek jou verseker dat ek met aangename herinneringe wegstap. Dit was ‘n plesier om saam met julle as medewerkers in hierdie kerk te werk. Laat my ook toe om al die personeellede van die AGS Nasionale Kantoor te bedank vir julle toewyding aan julle werk.

VERTROU ALTYD OP GOD

Dr J.J. La Poorta (Adjunkpresident van die AGS van SA)

 

 

 

 

 

Nou dat ek feitlik aan die einde van my aktiewe bedieningsreis binne die AGS van SA gekom het, is dit met dank en waardering dat ek terugkyk sonder spyt. Padlangs het ek baie mense ontmoet wat my lewe positief beïnvloed het. Ek het baie uitdagings teëgekom waaruit ek waardevolle persoonlike lesse geleer het en sommige lesse kon ek met ander deel sodat hulle nie dieselfde foute maak as wat ek gemaak het nie. Deur dit alles het ek die Hand van die Here – die Een wat my geroep het – sien manifesteer op onbeskryflike groot maniere.

Ek wil ook my hartlike dank uitspreek aan my lewensmaat in die bediening, Susan, ons kinders en kleinkinders vir die vreugde en geluk wat hulle in my lewe en bediening gebring het. Sommige kollegas was saam met my in die bediening tydens uiterse uitdagende tye, onvergeetlike oomblikke en spesiale ervaringe – ek wil hulle bedank vir hul bystand. Ek wil dit nie eers waag om name te lys nie omdat ek bang is dat ek iemand per ongeluk uitlos en dat dit onnodige stremming op toekomstige verhoudings kan veroorsaak. Wanneer hulle hierdie brief lees, sal hulle hulself herken. Ek wil graag ‘n paar laaste gedagtes met jou deel:

Bly Gefokus en op Koers

In die bediening is dit belangrik om gefokus en op koers te bly in jou roeping. Romeine 11: 29 verklaar: “…en sy gawes en roeping staan onherroeplik vas” (NLV). Wanneer ‘n persoon geroep is en bemagtig is met sekere charismatiese gawes, moet ‘n mens altyd onthou (i) die doel en die roeping en (ii) dat charismatiese gawes ten doel het om die Liggaam op te bou. Charismatiese gawes moet nie as gereedskap of instrumente van manipulasie gebruik word nie. Dit mag ook nie gebruik word om met individuele vermoëns te spog nie. Dit kom van God af en sal altyd deur sy Gees die eiendom van God bly. Die doel daarvan is om die kerk te bou en die getuienis van God in die wêreld te versterk.

Die roeping en die charismatiese gawes bring ‘n salwing mee wat deure oopmaak en elke juk van weerstand afbreek. Onthou, jy is deur God geroep en moet op Hom en Sy agenda gefokus bly. Moet nooit die roeping, charismatiese gawes en salwing vir enige doel gebruik wat nie eer gee aan die Here nie.

Vertrou Altyd op God

Vertrou op God met al jou krag en steun nie op jou eie insig, krag en vermoëns nie. Jy is geroep om God se werk met Sy krag en in die krag van die Heilige Gees te doen. Waar jy ook al gaan, wat jy ook al doen, onthou altyd om op God te vertrou. Hy is ons beskermer, voorsiener en onderhouer in die bediening. Baie mense sal oor jou pad kom wat dink hulle kan daardie spesiale plek van God inneem en jou van hulle afhanklik maak. Wees versigtig vir daardie oënskynlik vriendelike en vrygewige mense wat jou in die bediening ondersteun met ‘n verskuilde agenda. Hulle sal vir jou en jou bediening gee net om jou te herinner dat hulle belangrike en vindingryke persone in jou lewe is.

“Vertrou op God met al jou krag en steun nie op jou eie insig, krag en vermoëns nie.”

Wees Getrou Tot Die Einde

Jy is deur God geroep tot die bediening, wat getrou en regverdig is om in al jou behoeftes te voorsien volgens Sy rykdom in heerlikheid. Jou getrouheid moet onder alle omstandighede aan God en God alleen wees. Aan die lidmate van die kerk in Smirna het die Gees gesê dat hulle getrou moet wees tot die dood toe. Om getrou te wees is ‘n duur oefening wat in baie gevalle die uiteindelike prys kan eis – die dood. Toe jy die woorde van Jesaja 6: 8 (NLV) uitgespreek het: “Here, ek sal gaan! Stuur my!” het jy jouself bereid verklaar om die prys vir die roeping in die bediening te betaal.

Mag dit met jou goed gaan. Hou goeie moed. God is in staat om vêr bo al jou verwagtinge, hoop en drome te voorsien.

WAARDEER WAT ONS HET

Dr H.J. Weideman (Algemene Sekretaris van die AGS van SA)

 

 

 

 

 

As ek terugkyk oor die afgelope 5 jaar en ook vorentoe na die toekoms, kom baie dinge by my op. In die beperkte ruimte van hierdie artikel sal ek 5 aspekte wat die naaste aan my hart is, noem:

Ons Ryk Geskiedenis & Pinkster DNA

In die Nasionale Kantoor word ek dikwels herinner aan ons ryk geskiedenis – ek waardeer dit en die leiers wat oor die jare ‘n rol gespeel het in ons ontwikkeling. Ek het weer besef hoe belangrik dit is om getrou te bly aan wie ons as Pinksterkerk is. Die AGS is beslis nie ‘n volmaakte kerk nie, so iets bestaan nie, maar dit is ons kerk en ons is in Suid-Afrika geplant vir ‘n definitiewe God-verheerlikende doel.

As gelowiges, gevul met die Heilige Gees, wat leef en werk op die voorste linie van ‘n sekulariserende wêreld, moet ons alles in ons vermoë doen om ons DNA te versterk en uitdrukking te gee aan ons waardes in ons alledaagse lewens – integriteit, uitnemendheid, verhoudings en aanspreekbaarheid. Ons is geseën met verskeie gesoute en ervare leiers wat gesien moet word as ‘n ryk reservoir van korporatiewe geheue en leerervaringe waaruit ontwikkelende leiers kan en moet voordeel trek. Ek glo vas dat geen leier ‘n “vervaldatum” het nie – leiers betree net ‘n nuwe of ander seisoen van bediening.

Eenheid & Diversiteit

Ons visie verklaring sê dat ons: “’n Kerk sien wat toeganklik is vir alle mense, wat ons eenheid en God- gegewe diversiteit vier, en wat fokus om lidmate te bemagtig om hul plaaslike gemeenskappe te versorg en te verander tot eer van God.” 

Ons reis na eenheid kom al ‘n lang pad. Baie leiers, Pastore en lidmate het ‘n belangrike rol gespeel en baie opgeoffer om ons te bring waar ons is. Die bereiking van strukturele eenheid in 1996 was ‘n merkwaardige mylpaal op hierdie reis wat nog voortduur, soos wat ons ons samehorigheid waardeer en versterk. Ons moet ons diversiteit as ‘n bate in ons voortgesette ontwikkeling en groeiproses vier.  Hierdie diversiteit word uitgedruk in ‘n ruiker van kulture, tale, tradisies, leerervarings, stories, maniere van uitdrukking en liturgieë. Nie een van hulle is “beter” as die ander nie, net anders. Ons kan soveel van mekaar waardeer en leer, terwyl ons deelneem aan die kleurvolle uitdrukking van kerkwees wat die AGS bied.

Ons Plaaslike Gemeentes en Lidmate

Die kerk bestaan op ‘n plaaslike vlak, voordat dit op ‘n streeks- en nasionale vlak bestaan. Die Nasionale Kantoor- en Streekstrukture van die kerk bestaan omdat plaaslike Gemeentes geplant word, ontwikkel en groei. Ons leiers, Pastore en lidmate is almal bates van gelyke belang en moet as sodanig behandel word.

Die missie waarop Jesus ons gestuur het toe Hy gesê het: “Soos die Vader My gestuur het, stuur Ek julle…” (Johannes 20:21). Dit is hoe die AGS begin het en dit is hoe die AGS  moet voortgaan – as ‘n missionale beweging waarin elke lidmaat ‘n aktiewe spanlid is en nie net ‘n toeskouer nie.mense op ‘n missie te leefWanneer dit reg gedoen word, is die plaaslike Gemeente ‘n uiterse kragtige transformerende invloed  in die gemeenskap. Elke lidmaat het ‘n rol om te speel en moet bemagtig word om hul lewens as

Dit is hoe die AGS begin het en dit is hoe die AGS  moet voortgaan – as ‘n missionale beweging waarin elke lidmaat ‘n aktiewe spanlid is en nie net ‘n toeskouer nie.”

Ontwikkelende & Opkomende Leiers

Ek is baie opgewonde oor die aantal ontwikkelende leiers en opkomende jong leiers wat die AGS het. Hulle moet bemagtig word om te groei as leiers wat die DNA, waardes en etos van die AGS leef en uitdra. Hulle moet gementor en omhels word. Hulle moet die ruimte gegee word om alles te word wat die Here bedoel het vir hulle om te wees – in ons kerk, gemeenskappe en land. As ons dit effektief kan doen sal ons toekomstige nalatenskap veilig wees.

Toekomstige Geleenthede

Soos ek aan die begin gesê het, die AGS is met ‘n rede in Suid-Afrika geplant. Deel daarvan is om sout en lig te wees, om ‘n veranderende invloed te wees daar waar ons onself bevind – hetsy stedelik, landelik, in ons werksplek of in ons sosiale ruimtes. Om morele beïnvloeders te wees. Mense wat met integriteit leef, wat aksies uitvoer wat spreek van uitnemendheid en aanspreekbaarheid en om dit alles te doen binne die konteks van liefdevolle omgee verhoudings.

Op nasionale en organisatoriese vlak moet die AGS meer sigbaar wees en haar rol vervul as ‘n agent en stem van geregtigheid, morele invloed en promotors van die Goeie Nuus van Jesus se Liefde, Genade en Vergifnis. Die AGS is nie die enigste uitdrukking van die liggaam van Christus op aarde nie, maar ons is beslis ‘n beduidende deel daarvan. Ons moet in ons doel en roeping glo en ons rol met vasberadenheid en passie vervul.

GEROEP VIR ‘N TYD SOOS HIERDIE
Past. B. Petersen (Algemene Tesourier van die AGS van SA)

 

 

 

 

 

“Van die stam van Issaskar was daar 200 leiers met hulle families. Hierdie manne het die tye verstaan en geweet wat vir Israel die beste pad is.” 1 Kronieke 12:32 (NLV).

Die wêreld is stadig maar seker besig om voort te beweeg na die katastrofiese Covid-19-pandemie wat die grootste bedreiging vir globale gesondheid in meer as ‘n eeu was. Die impak van die Covid-19-pandemie was verwoestend aangesien baie lewens verloor is en mense se vermoëns om ‘n bestaan te voer, vernietig is. Ons lig stadig ons koppe en harte na ‘n seisoen van pyn en onsekerheid in ‘n vinnige veranderende wêreld met ‘n verskuiwing van “waaraan ons gewoond was” na ‘n plek van “onsekerheid”. Hierdie uitdagende tye laat die kerk nadink oor haar invloed in en op die samelewing.

Die Apostoliese Geloofsending van Suid-Afrika glo dat die Gees van God aan gelowiges gegee word om dinamiese en oorwinnende lewens te lei…”

Die Apostoliese Geloofsending van Suid-Afrika glo dat die Gees van God aan gelowiges gegee word om dinamiese en oorwinnende lewens te lei en dat gelowiges die karakter, liefde en krag van hul Here Jesus Christus, in hul daaglikse lewens kan demonstreer. Ek word herinner aan die woorde van Jesus in Matteus 5: 13:16, “… julle is die sout van die aarde en die lig van die wêreld”. Voor moderne verkoeling is sout gebruik om te keer dat bakterieë voedsel vergiftig – sout kon letterlik die verskil tussen lewe en dood maak wanneer vars kos nie beskikbaar was nie. Sout gee ook geur aan kos. Sodanig behoort die kerk ‘n lewe te lei wat waardig is om deur die wêreld nagevolg te word. Lig gee rigting en leiding in ‘n tyd van duisternis. Wanneer ons ons lig voor ander skyn deur regverdig te lewe, maak ons ​​die karakter van ons Here en Verlosser Jesus Christus sigbaar.

Soos in die verlede, roep God mans en vroue, soos Hy Moses geroep het, in reaksie op die geroep van Sy volk en Sy skepping – omdat God vir Sy skepping omgee. In Eksodus 3: 7-10 (AFR83) lees ons: “Daarna sê die Here: “Ek het die ellende van my volk in Egipte duidelik gesien en hulle noodkrete oor die slawedrywers gehoor. Ek het hulle lyding ter harte geneem. Daarom het Ek afgekom om hulle uit die mag van Egipte te bevry en om hulle daarvandaan te laat trek na ‘n goeie en uitgestrekte land, ‘n land wat oorloop van melk en heuning. Dit is die land van die Kanaäniete, Hetiete, Amoriete, Feresiete, Hewiete en Jebusiete. Die noodkrete van die Israeliete het My bereik, en Ek het ook aanskou hoe Egipte hulle verdruk. Daarom stuur Ek jou na die farao toe sodat jy my volk, die Israeliete, uit Egipte kan bevry.””

Ons moet die eise van die tye waarin ons bedien verstaan ​​en waardeer. Chronos-tyd verwys na minute en sekondes, terwyl Kairos-tyd na die vasgestelde tyd of ‘n seisoen verwys. Ons is ongetwyfeld in ‘n Karios-tydperk wat die wêreld se trajek vir die komende jare sal bepaal. Die kerk word op hierdie oomblik geroep om op te staan ​​en te voldoen aan die swaarder eise van ons tyd. Soos Moses, is ons geroep met ‘n Goddelike doel om ‘n blywende impak in hierdie geslag te maak.

Soos Moses, is ons geroep met ‘n Goddelike doel om ‘n blywende impak in hierdie geslag te maak.”

Hierdie tyd vra vir sigbare Geestelike Gesag wat onderlê word deur ons daaglikse wandel met God soos Paulus ons beveel in Kolossense 2: 6-7 (AFR83): “Aangesien julle dan Christus Jesus as Here aangeneem het, moet julle in verbondenheid met Hom lewe in Hom gewortel en op Hom gebou, vas in die geloof soos julle geleer is, en met dankbaarheid vervul.” Ons begrip van die konteks waarin ons bedien sal ons in staat stel om verby die kansel te beweeg en rigting te gee, soos die seuns van Issaskar, deur die genade van God, om ons gemeenskappe te lei oor hoe om te reageer op die situasies waarin mense hulself bevind.

Die Evangelie bring ‘n lewensveranderde boodskap tuis – ‘n verandering van wat ons is na wat ons behoort te wees. Die Evangelie bring hoop soos die Psalmdigter in Psalm 126 (NLV) sê: “Toe die Here die bannelinge teruggebring het na Sion toe, was dit vir ons soos ’n droom… Die ander nasies het gesê: “Die Here het groot dinge vir hierdie mense gedoen.” Die Here het groot dinge vir ons gedoen en ons is vol vreugde!”

Ons het persoonlike ervaring van die lewensveranderende impak van die Evangelie. Deur die eeue en oor die hele wêreld heen het ons kragtige bewyse van wat kan gebeur wanneer leiers hul verdiep in ‘n visie van God, meedoënloos daardie visie najaag en dan sien hoe daardie visie verander in ‘n lewensveranderende realiteit en impak. Ons het die impak gesien wat God maak in gemeenskappe waar volwassenes, tieners en kinders heelhartig ontdek wie hulle in God is en waaroor die lewe gaan.

SLOT

“Mag God ons help om met passie die volle Evangelie buite die mure van die kerk te versprei.”

Mag God ons help om met passie die volle Evangelie buite die mure van die kerk te versprei. Ons moet die ontwikkeling van bekwame en vaardige leiers met geestelike gesag versnel wat die tye werklik verstaan ​​en wat met vrymoedigheid optree in afwagting van die eise van môre. Ek bid dat die Here sal aanhou om die AGS van SA op ‘n nog groter manier te gebruik om die lewensveranderende boodskap te deel.

Mag die Apostoliese Geloofsending voortgaan om oneindige seëninge te geniet!

Groete!

M.G. Mahlobo